Archive - Jan 2007 - Story

January 10th

SCA promotional video available online

Gregor Von Leipzig has announced the production of a free demo video designed to promote the SCA in an educational context.

January 9th

British history timeline

The website timeref.com is designed to help understand the Middle Ages in Britain (800-1499 C.E.) by way of a timeline, maps and links to related subjects.

Wassail in Ealdormere!

Eirik Andersen has posted an album of photos from Ealdormere's recent Wassail event which took place December 16, 2006 in the Canton of Bryniau Tywynnog (Paris, Ontario).

Heraldrydiculous : heraldic humor

Baron Khevron of the Principality of Oertha has created Heraldrydiculous, a comic strip designed to help SCAdians "learn what's 'Good', 'Not so good' or 'Impossible' heraldry."

January 8th

New shires in Lochac

Two new shires are in the process of being recognized by the Society for Creative Anachronism: Bosenberg in Southwest Australia and the Shire of Radburne in Dubbo. Both groups are in incipient status.

Medici mystery reinvestigated

A new study of the deaths of Francesco de' Medici and his wife Bianca Cappello seems to suggest that the couple died of acute arsenic poisoning rather than from malaria as is generally believed.

Devil's Music in the Vatican

Rock and roll music will represent Hell in a new opera based upon Dante's medieval epic, The Divine Comedy. The composition by Monsignor Marco Frisina will premiere in Vatican City.

Jorvik Viking Festival set for February 2007

Travelers to the north of England may want to mark their calendars for February 14-18, 2007 when the Jorvik Viking Festival takes place in York.

January 7th

Passing of Count Sir Caradoc

Linda-Muirreal von Katzenbrasse announced the death of Count Sir Cardoc ap Cador of the West Kingdom on January 1, 2007.

Historic images from above

Now through February 2007, the British Museum presents The Past from Above, an exhibition of aerial photos of archaeological and heritage sites taken by Swiss photographer Georg Gerster.

Ma'ale Giborim celebrates "8th Night"

Lord Yehoshua ben Hayyim haLevi, founding seneschal of the Shire of Ma'ale Giborim in Israel, reports that the shire just held an event to honor Shushan Channuka, or 8th Night.

January 6th

Over 20,000 hope for shot at Winter Solstice in Ireland

27,000 people applied recently for a chance to celebrate the Winter Solstice in the Stone Age tomb in Newgrange, Ireland. Only 100 won the honor. Andrew Bushe has the story.

Historic recipes on History.uk.com

The website History.uk.com offers "old time food for the modern kitchen" with a site dedicated to providing recipes for authentic tasting food and drink. Most recipes are from the Middle Ages or Renaissance with a few Roman titles thrown in for good measure.

Plan of St. Gall online

A website has been created to showcase the Plan of St. Gall (Codex Sangallensis 1092), "the earliest preserved and most extraordinary visualization of a building complex produced in the Middle Ages."

January 5th

Estrella XXIII Special Events & Maps

Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, announces that the Special Events Schedule has been added to the event's website. Maps of the new site are also available online.

Seahenge not ready for display until 2008

Seahenge, a 4000-year-old wooden circle which appeared on a beach near Holme, England in 1998, will not be available to be viewed by the public until 2008, according to curators at the Lynn Museum where the artifact is being restored.

Flower of Battle: Knightly combat in Medieval Italy

On January 28, 2007, Prof. Rachel Fulton of the University of Chicago, The Chicago Swordplay Guild, and The Armour Research Society will present a seminar and workshop in Chicago, Illinois.

Boar's Head photos online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares her memories of the 2006 Boar's Head event which took place recently in the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr.

January 4th

Swedish knight's oath

Sven Norén has posted a translation of a 15th century oath taken by 70 knights at the coronation of Christoph of Bavaria as King of Sweden in 1441.

Building a cardboard castle

Mr. McGroovy's website has plans to build a large, cardboard castle from refrigerator boxes. It's guaranteed to brighten the day of any SCAdian child!

Tower of London hires first female Beefeater

For the first time in its 522 year history, the Tower of London will enlist a female Beefeater. The name of the new Yeoman Warder has not been made public, but she was chosen from a group of six applicants, five men and one woman, as the "best candidate for the job."

Midrealm armorer prides himself on period look and feel

Several years ago Midrealm subject and machinist Ben Scheiner learned he would need armor to take part in SCA fighting in the Barony of the Fenix. Now he has parlayed the hobby and his flair of metalworking into a fulltime job as an armorer. The Cincinnati Enquirer has the story.

January 3rd

Walker Markusson born in Northshield

Lord Markus leorhals Siggardsson, and his Lady Lyneya ingen A'eda, are the proud parents of Walker Markusson, a baby boy born December 30, 2006 at 12:00 p.m.

Ghostletters

Leofwen of Eoforwic and Nan Hawthorne have created a Yahoo discussion group to allow subscribers to take on personas of real or fictional people and engage in discussions. The group is called Ghostletters.

Modern Literary Middle Ages

Fahe reports that the University of Oregon's Medieval Studies program hosts a webpage listing sources of contemporary fiction set in the Middle Ages.

Ealdormere Kingdom A&S photos online

Eirik Andersen has posted photos from the recent Kingdom A&S event in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

January 2nd

Hymns and carols of Christmas

Douglas D. Anderson has created a website of ancient Christmas music "to preserve the rich history of Christmas carols and hymns which might otherwise be lost." The site includes both lyrics and MIDI files of the music.

Jamestown 400th anniversary in 2007

For six days in June of 2007, the residents of Norfolk, Virginia will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony with "military, maritime and cultural activities" designed to showcase the best of the region.

Gluten-free beer

Anheuser-Busch Company has announced the creation of Redbridge, a beer made from sorghum that allows those with wheat allergies to enjoy a brew.

Martin Scorsese to Develop Medieval Movie for Paramount

Martin Scorsese has signed to direct a screen version of Eric Jager's book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.